"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison
Dr. Morgan blends a contemporary version of century-old traditional chiropractic methodologies with the best of today's conservative sports medicine therapies. His model of care is based on a practical,'biomechanical structure & function' philosophy, It is through this philosophy and his comprehensive understanding of the human body that Dr. Morgan successfully elicits symptomatic and functional improvements in his patients, using his 'stimulus & response' approach.
Dr. Morgan is an ardent proponent of the practice of responsible, patient centered, objective, scientifically principled chiropractic care. He believes that the effect that his interventions have on his patients' bodies can and should be explainable via the two theories of practice noted above. That being said, Dr. Morgan is truly holistic in his pursuit for his patients' optimal health and wellness, and respects that the whole of each person is more than the sum of its biomechanical parts. More than parts, there is a significantly greater complexity to human physiology and functioning. However, it is through his biomechanical and stimulus methodologies, and generally through the care of the human body that Dr. Morgan's clinical efforts and intentions are applied.
Honest Manual Therapy
'Honest' because when practiced with principle, manual therapy is a timely process that requires skill, precision, knowledge experience and intention. The choice of method is supremely important, as is the correct volume of application. Every body has a unique constitution, and therefore methods, volumes and intensities need to be titrated to best meet the body's need, in order to elicit the optimal, positive adaptative response.
The original chiropractic technique, aka "CMT", "Manipulation" or "Adjustments"; this technique has taken on many forms over the years; originally a manually applied 'correction' targeted to the skeletal structures of the body for the sake of spinal 'alignment'; CMT has been expanded to encompass a wider range of indications and methods.
Dr. Morgan's CMT philosophy: Manipulation is a potentially very powerful tool that can effectively bring about positive change and adaptation, at both the spinal and extremity levels.
Dr. Morgan has 5 distinct reasons for utilizing CMT:
Also known as "flexion/distraction", "manual traction" "spinal traction therapy" "cox f/d"; this manual therapy consists of a 'long-axis' spinal traction, or de-compression load; it has been proven to be an effective treatment for back and buttock pain, leg pain, leg numbness/tingling/weakness, radiculitis, and sciatic neuritis, when the origin of the the symptoms is spinal in origin. Distraction therapy can effectively treat nerve root compression at the spinal level, whether it is from an osteoarthritic bone spur or a protruded intervertebral disc via the biomechanical 'poisson's effect'. These conditions can be very serious, but can often times be effectively treated by this method, as a stand alone method or in combination with other manual or physiological therapeutics.
Recent research has also correlated this type of therapy with findings made by scientists on astronauts in zero gravity, during the first medical experiment completed on the International Space Station. Essentially, it was shown that a reduction in the 'H-reflex' resulted from either the weightless environment or spinal distraction therapy. Reduced H-reflex can help manage lower back pain by reducing the spinal cord's sensitivity to stimuli (i.e. pain stimuli) and therefore producing inhibition of the 'spinal motor neuron pool' , thereby reducing the reflexic muscle splinting/spasming that results.
Whether in-office or at home, Dr. Morgan designs, demonstrates and prescribes some type of directed therapeutic exercise with the overwhelming majority of his patients. The selected exercise, at the appropriate volume and intensity, is considered to be an extension of in-office care in that it is a continued attempt at stimulating and/or loading the target tissue into capacities that have been lost, and are in need of restoral. The basic principle of training overload applies here, where the healing or building of tissue is accomplished by progressively loading it in manners that push the physiological limits and require the innate adaptive response to trigger. These capacities can include mobility, flexibility, strength, endurance based strength, bone strength, tendon or ligament tensile strength, balance/proprioception, neuromotor recruitment strategies, postural control, fascial movement, nerve gliding, etc.
These capacities can be targeted to a very select component of tissue to heighten the effect of in-office treatment and restore the patient back to a high level of function, and get the athlete back in competition and training. It is Dr. Morgan's clinical opinion that the right dosage of therapeutic loading is as effective as any other one therapeutic intervention.
The use of electrical and/or thermal (hot/cold) physiotherapies are viewed as adjunctive to Dr. Morgan's manual and therapeutic exercise therapies. However, at times they can be invaluable in pain and inflammation management. Various forms of electrical stimulation can effectively address 'neuromuscular recruitment' via motor level stimulus with or without accompanying therapeutic exercise. An afferent stimulation overload is used to block pain transmission or when addressing arthrogenic muscular inhibition involvement that often accompanies injury, surgery or arthrokinematic dysfunction. Direct electrical currents can be used to 're-polarize' the electrical charge of neuromuscular membranes, effectively addressing their ability to conduct an action potential and/or move nutrients/metabolites in/out of the target cells. Lastly, electrical stimulation can be used to create a transmission gradient, to facilitate inflammation removal from affected regions. Additionally, Dr. Morgan also utilizes ultrasound therapy to impose a mechanical sound wave stimulus in order to elicit a reparative response.
'Sports Therapy' is as much a mindset and a manner of practice as it is a particular treatment or therapeutic service. This therapeutic approach could also be called 'sports medicine', and reflects the very philosophy and theories espoused by Dr. Morgan. With diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative approaches geared at returning tissues/bodies/patients back to an original or enhanced state, moreso than merely the relief of pain, Dr. Morgan's 'Sports Therapy' philosophy was adopted with the needs of athletes in mind. As noted within 'The Athlete Difference' section of this site, non-athletes respond and benefit from the applications of these principles equally well. In this light, Dr. Morgan's practice is for athletes and non-athlete's alike, even if the theme is athlete-centric.